UCJC develops a university programme for young people with learning disabilities

University Camilo José Cela (UCJC) has opened 15 places of the new  Expert University Course in Social and Job Skills Training, which will begin next November. With a duration of 9 months, it is aimed at young people between 18 and 30 years with learning disabilities who wish to acquire the skills, tools and attitudes for the acquisition of skills for their personal and professional life.

In this way, UCJC bolsters its commitment to diversity with the development of programmes and initiatives in the university environment that promote social values. UCJC has designed this university course, launched this academic year, in response ONCE Foundation programme’s goal “to involve universities, as decisive agents in social inclusion, in the training of young people with learning disabilities, whose access to higher education is still too low”.

This university programme has been one of those selected by the ONCE Foundation, as Intermediary Body for the  European Social Fund’s Operative Youth Employment Programme, through the call for funding for the development of training programmes for employment and university inclusion of young people with learning disabilities.

An all-round training programme

The curriculum for the UCJC university course promotes all-round training centred on the person, in response to the 2010-2020 European Disability Strategy, which advocates for the need to implement training programmes that provide self-determination and improve the lives of people with learning disabilities and their families. The ultimate goal is to promote inclusion in university and work environments.

It consists of a total of 30 ECTS credits, of which 25 develop transversal social and job-related skills and the remaining 5 to the development of on-the-job training at collaborating entities. The syllabus includes subjects such as: self-knowledge, functional work skills, 360º communication, ICT, basic English at work, entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship or active search for professional opportunities.

According to the ONCE Foundation, in Spain “between 5 and 6% of people with disabilities have university studies, despite the fact that the European 2020 Strategy aims for 40%”.

Therefore, UCJC has offers an inclusive programme for a diverse and open society and job market, placing importance on  transversal competencies and skills most in-demand by employers in the workplace.